1993 Major League Baseball season

The 1993 Major League Baseball season was the final season of two-division play in each league, before the Central Division was added the following season, giving both the NL and AL three divisions each.

Sixteen years after the American League expanded from 12 to 14 teams, the National League finally followed suit, with the Colorado Rockies and the Florida Marlins (now the Miami Marlins) joining the NL. It was also the first season since 1976 that both leagues had the same number of teams. The Toronto Blue Jays capped off the season by winning their second consecutive World Series title, beating the Philadelphia Phillies in six games. The World Series was clinched when, in one of the most famous moments in baseball, Joe Carter hit a three-run walk off home run in the 9th to seal the victory at home.

1993 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationApril 5 – October 23, 1993
Draft
Top draft pickAlex Rodriguez
Picked bySeattle Mariners
Regular Season
Season MVPAL: Frank Thomas (CHW)
NL: Barry Bonds (SF)
League Postseason
AL championsToronto Blue Jays
  AL runners-upChicago White Sox
NL championsPhiladelphia Phillies
  NL runners-upAtlanta Braves
World Series
ChampionsToronto Blue Jays
  Runners-upPhiladelphia Phillies
Finals MVPPaul Molitor (TOR)
ClevelandMunicipalStadium1993Interior
The Cleveland Indians playing host to the Milwaukee Brewers at Cleveland Municipal Stadium during a 1993 home game.

Awards and honors

Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards
BBWAA Award National League American League
Rookie of the Year Mike Piazza (LA) Tim Salmon (CAL)
Cy Young Award Greg Maddux (ATL) Jack McDowell (CHW)
Manager of the Year Dusty Baker (SF) Gene Lamont (CHW)
Most Valuable Player Barry Bonds (SF) Frank Thomas (CHW)
Gold Glove Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher Greg Maddux (ATL) Mark Langston (CAL)
Catcher Kirt Manwaring (SF) Iván Rodríguez (TEX)
First Baseman Mark Grace (CHC) Don Mattingly (NYY)
Second Baseman Robby Thompson (SF) Roberto Alomar (TOR)
Third Baseman Matt Williams (SF) Robin Ventura (CHW)
Shortstop Jay Bell (PIT) Omar Vizquel (SEA)
Outfielders Barry Bonds (SF) Kenny Lofton (CLE)
Larry Walker (MON) Devon White (TOR)
Marquis Grissom (MON) Ken Griffey Jr. (SEA)
Silver Slugger Awards
Pitcher/Designated Hitter Orel Hershiser (LA) Paul Molitor (TOR)
Catcher Mike Piazza (LA) Mike Stanley (NYY)
First Baseman Fred McGriff (SD,ATL) Frank Thomas (CHW)
Second Baseman Robby Thompson (SF) Carlos Baerga (CLE)
Third Baseman Matt Williams (SF) Wade Boggs (NYY)
Shortstop Jay Bell (PIT) Cal Ripken Jr. (BAL)
Outfielders Barry Bonds (SF) Albert Belle (CLE)
Lenny Dykstra (PHI) Juan González (TEX)
David Justice (ATL) Ken Griffey Jr. (SEA)

Statistical leaders

Statistic American League National League
AVG John Olerud TOR .363 Andrés Galarraga COL .370
HR Juan González TEX 46 Barry Bonds SF 46
RBI Albert Belle CLE 129 Barry Bonds SF 123
Wins Jack McDowell CHW 22 John Burkett SF 22
ERA Kevin Appier KC 2.56 Greg Maddux ATL 2.36
SO Randy Johnson SEA 308 José Rijo CIN 227
SV Jeff Montgomery KC
Duane Ward TOR
45 Randy Myers CHC 53
SB Kenny Lofton CLE 70 Chuck Carr FLA 58

Major league baseball final standings

American League

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Toronto Blue Jays 95 67 0.586 48–33 47–34
New York Yankees 88 74 0.543 7 50–31 38–43
Baltimore Orioles 85 77 0.525 10 48–33 37–44
Detroit Tigers 85 77 0.525 10 44–37 41–40
Boston Red Sox 80 82 0.494 15 43–38 37–44
Cleveland Indians 76 86 0.469 19 46–35 30–51
Milwaukee Brewers 69 93 0.426 26 38–43 31–50
AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago White Sox 94 68 0.580 45–36 49–32
Texas Rangers 86 76 0.531 8 50–31 36–45
Kansas City Royals 84 78 0.519 10 43–38 41–40
Seattle Mariners 82 80 0.506 12 46–35 36–45
California Angels 71 91 0.438 23 44–37 27–54
Minnesota Twins 71 91 0.438 23 36–45 35–46
Oakland Athletics 68 94 0.420 26 38–43 30–51

National League

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Philadelphia Phillies 97 65 0.599 52–29 45–36
Montreal Expos 94 68 0.580 3 55–26 39–42
St. Louis Cardinals 87 75 0.537 10 49–32 38–43
Chicago Cubs 84 78 0.519 13 43–38 41–40
Pittsburgh Pirates 75 87 0.463 22 40–41 35–46
Florida Marlins 64 98 0.395 33 35–46 29–52
New York Mets 59 103 0.364 38 28–53 31–50
NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Atlanta Braves 104 58 0.642 51–30 53–28
San Francisco Giants 103 59 0.636 1 50–31 53–28
Houston Astros 85 77 0.525 19 44–37 41–40
Los Angeles Dodgers 81 81 0.500 23 41–40 40–41
Cincinnati Reds 73 89 0.451 31 41–40 32–49
Colorado Rockies 67 95 0.414 37 39–42 28–53
San Diego Padres 61 101 0.377 43 34–47 27–54

Postseason

  League Championship Series
(ALCS, NLCS)
World Series
                 
East Toronto 4  
West Chicago 2  
    AL Toronto 4
  NL Philadelphia 2
East Philadelphia 4
West Atlanta 2  

Managers

American League

Team Manager Comments
Baltimore Orioles Johnny Oates
Boston Red Sox Butch Hobson
California Angels Buck Rodgers
Chicago White Sox Gene Lamont Won American League West
Cleveland Indians Mike Hargrove
Detroit Tigers Sparky Anderson
Kansas City Royals Hal McRae
Milwaukee Brewers Phil Garner
Minnesota Twins Tom Kelly
New York Yankees Buck Showalter
Oakland Athletics Tony La Russa
Seattle Mariners Lou Piniella
Texas Rangers Kevin Kennedy
Toronto Blue Jays Cito Gaston Won World Series

National League

Team Manager Comments
Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox Won National League West
Chicago Cubs Jim Lefebvre
Cincinnati Reds Tony Pérez Replaced during the season by Davey Johnson
Colorado Rockies Don Baylor Expansion team
Florida Marlins Rene Lachemann Expansion team
Houston Astros Art Howe
Los Angeles Dodgers Tommy Lasorda
Montreal Expos Felipe Alou
New York Mets Jeff Torborg Replaced during the season by Dallas Green
Philadelphia Phillies Jim Fregosi Won the National League pennant
Pittsburgh Pirates Jim Leyland
St. Louis Cardinals Joe Torre
San Diego Padres Jim Riggleman
San Francisco Giants Dusty Baker

Television coverage

Network Day of week Announcers
CBS Saturday afternoons Sean McDonough, Tim McCarver, Greg Gumbel, Jim Kaat
ESPN Sunday nights
Tuesday nights
Wednesday nights
Friday nights
Jon Miller, Joe Morgan

Events

External links

References

  1. ^ Pellowski, Michael J (2007). The Little Giant Books of Baseball Facts. United States: Sterling Publishing Co. p. 352. ISBN 9781402742736.
  2. ^ "George Brett - BR Bullpen". www.baseball-reference.com. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
1993 American League Championship Series

The 1993 American League Championship Series was played between the East Division champion Toronto Blue Jays and the West Division champion Chicago White Sox from October 5 to 12. The defending champion Blue Jays defeated the White Sox, 4–2, to advance to the 1993 World Series which they would win 4–2 over the Philadelphia Phillies thanks to Joe Carter's dramatic three-run walk-off home run in Game 6. The 1993 ALCS was the last played under the AL's two-division format, as the league realigned into three divisions the following year.

1993 Atlanta Braves season

The 1993 Atlanta Braves season was the Braves' 123rd in existence and their 28th since moving to Atlanta. The Braves were looking to improve on their 98-64 record from 1992 and win the National League pennant for a third consecutive year.

The Braves finished the season with a 104-58 record to win the National League West for the third consecutive year after trailing the San Francisco Giants, who finished in second place by one game, for most of the season in what is generally regarded as the last real pennant race before playoff expansion. 1993 was also the last year that the team competed in the National League West, as they would shift to the National League East for 1994.

Despite their excellent regular season, the Braves' streak of National League pennants ended at two as they fell to the underdog Philadelphia Phillies in six games in the National League Championship Series. By a twist of fate, the Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Phillies in-state rivals, in back-to-back NLCS series in 1991 and 1992, but in 1993, lost to the Pirates in-state rivals.

1993 Baltimore Orioles season

The 1993 Baltimore Orioles season was the 93rd baseball season in Orioles history. It involved the Orioles finishing 3rd in the American League East with a record of 85 wins and 77 losses. They also hosted the 1993 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

1993 Boston Red Sox season

The 1993 Boston Red Sox season was the 93rd season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished fifth in the American League East with a record of 80 wins and 82 losses, 15 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays.

1993 California Angels season

The California Angels 1993 season involved the Angels finishing 5th in the American League west with a record of 71 wins and 91 losses.

1993 Chicago Cubs season

The 1993 Chicago Cubs season was the 122nd season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 118th in the National League and the 78th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished fourth in the National League East with a record of 84–78.

1993 Cincinnati Reds season

The 1993 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. It consisted of the Cincinnati Reds attempting to win the National League West.

1993 Houston Astros season

The Houston Astros' 1993 season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Houston Astros attempting to win the National League West.

1993 Kansas City Royals season

The 1993 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing 3rd in the American League West with a record of 84 wins and 78 losses. This was George Brett's final season in the major leagues, as well as the team's final season in the AL West.

1993 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1993 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 64th playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 13, 1993, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland, the home of the Baltimore Orioles of the American League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 9-3.

This is also the last Major League Baseball All-Star Game to date to be televised by CBS.

1993 Major League Baseball draft

The 1993 Major League Baseball draft began with first round selections on June 3, 1993. Alex Rodriguez was selected first overall by the Seattle Mariners. Other notable draftees included Chris Carpenter, Torii Hunter, Jason Varitek, Scott Rolen, future NFL Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk, and Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward.

1993 Major League Baseball expansion

The 1993 Major League Baseball expansion resulted in Major League Baseball (MLB) adding two expansion teams to the National League (NL) for the 1993 season: the Colorado Rockies and the Florida Marlins (now known as the Miami Marlins).

1993 Milwaukee Brewers season

The Milwaukee Brewers' 1993 season involved the Brewers' finishing 7th in the American League East with a record of 69 wins and 93 losses.

1993 National League Championship Series

The 1993 National League Championship Series was played between the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves. The Phillies stunned the 104-win Braves, who were bidding for their third consecutive World Series appearance, and won the NLCS, 4–2.

The Phillies would go on to lose to the Toronto Blue Jays in the World Series in six games.

1993 San Diego Padres season

The 1993 San Diego Padres season was the 25th season in franchise history.

1993 Seattle Mariners season

The Seattle Mariners 1993 season was their 17th since the franchise creation, and ended the season finishing 4th in the American League West, finishing with a record of 82–80 (.506). During the 1993 season, Randy Johnson set a club record with 308 strikeouts. It was also the first season he walked less than 100 batters.The previous fall, the team also introduced a new logo, team colors and uniform set for this season that remain the team's current look to this day (with slight adjustments made in 2015).

1993 Texas Rangers season

The Texas Rangers 1993 season involved the Rangers finishing 2nd in the American League West with a record of 86 wins and 76 losses. Before the 1993 season, Nolan Ryan announced his retirement, effective at the end of that season.

1993 World Series

The 1993 World Series was the 90th edition of Major League Baseball's championship series and the conclusion of the 1993 Major League Baseball season. A best-of-seven playoff series, it pitted the defending champions and American League (AL) champion Toronto Blue Jays against the National League (NL) champion Philadelphia Phillies. With Toronto ahead three games to two in the Series, but trailing Game 6 by a score of 6-5 with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, with runners on first and second base and a count of two balls and two strikes, Joe Carter hit a game-winning three-run home run to win Game 6 by a score of 8-6 and the series four-games-to-two for Toronto, its second consecutive championship (the first team to repeat as champions since the 1977–78 Yankees). This was only the second Series concluded by such a home run (the first was in the 1960 World Series on a Bill Mazeroski home run for the Pittsburgh Pirates), and the first such occasion where a come-from-behind walk-off home run won a World Series.

Larry Andersen was the only member of the 1993 Phillies to also play for them in the 1983 World Series, although Darren Daulton was a late season call-up in 1983, but only served as the bullpen catcher in the World Series. Fittingly, in Daulton's first ever MLB game, he was a catcher for Larry Andersen.

1993 MLB season by team
AL East
AL West
NL East
NL West
Pre-modern era
Modern era
See also

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